Posted on Aug 9 2014 in General by admin
Brittingham-Midtown Community Center
570 McLawhorne Drive
Newport News, VA
Saturday, September 13, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public.
The “Go Green Expo” is a one-day event for consumers and business leaders featuring eco-friendly products, interesting and educational speakers, and easy ideas for eco-living. The expo, sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Newport News Master Gardeners Association, focuses on sustainability by making simple green changes for everyone.
There will be a vendor hall with more than 70 products and services, a farmers’ market, hands-on demonstrations, gardening lectures, composting workshops, a kids’ zone with crafts and face painting, an “Ask a Master Gardener” booth, and food trucks selling lunches and snacks. See a more detailed description on the website.
Although the situation referred to in this letter is that of a child entering a traditional classroom, there are distinct parallels to all educational settings, including the homeschool. After first presenting his extensive formal credentials, the author considers critical developmental points, such as the different ages and developmental levels within one classroom, and questions the need for and effect of the testing now taking increasingly large chunks of class time. The writer also wonders why our schools are under pressure to “hurry the child” in an attempt to make up for our perceived low status when compared to other countries.
There is a lot of wisdom here worth reading for parents of children of varying ages. Remember, a child’s observant parent has a degree in that child and is usually best suited to judge what a given child is ready for, can manage, and needs at any given time–often without formal testing. A certain “gut feeling” often develops over the years.